For months the debate between Comcast and net neutrality advocates has raged in the headlines of the business and tech presses. Even so, the company says it has no plans to implement usage-based pricing for its ISP customers.
Blockbuster isn't the first name you may think of in connection with video rental kiosks. Its name is on only 900 of them, as opposed to 25,000 for Redbox. But Blockbuster and its kiosk partner NCR are trying some new moves with two titles, Inception and Knight and Day, hoping to attract new customers.
Despite everything you read in the papers, Congress did get one thing done in the past month. One of the major irritations of TV viewing is about to get fixed thanks to the Commercial Advertisement Loudness Mitigation (CALM) Act. Having survived passage through the House, Senate, and reconciliation committees, it is heading toward the final OK from President Obama.
Hardly a week goes by without an announcement by some cable or satellite service that it now supports one internet connected portable device or another. The latest happy couple are the Dish Network and the iPad.
When Dolby Digital Plus made its debut a few years ago, it didn't seem to get many takers aside from a few Blu-ray releases. But the improved lossy codec is now hitting its stride and the latest taker is video streaming service RoxioNow.
Time Warner Cable is trying out some new moves, adding to its selection of packages and offering a new service that lets customers watch programs as much as three days old without need for a conventional DVR.
Netflix has officially taken the wraps off its previously announced streaming-only plan for the U.S. The price is a low-low-low $7.99. However, the announcement also brings price hikes for the existing disc-and-streaming plans.
Mitsubishi's 2010 HDTV line is getting a software upgrade that will enable sets to process 3D formats supported by HDMI 1.4a. The upgrade will apply to "select 2010 Mitsubishi 3D-ready TVs" including 738 and 838 Series sets, enabling them to connect to 3D-capable Blu-ray players and satellite or cable set-top boxes without an adapter.
One of the criticisms aimed at 3D in the home is the dearth of available titles. Then there's all the exclusive deals that make many titles available only in bundles with 3D TVs and Blu-ray players from one manufacturer or another. But according to the Digital Entertainment Group (DEG), a trade association representing the home-entertainment industry, these limitations are starting to ease as more titles are being released for the holiday buying season. In fact, 10 titles are being released todaywhich is being called Blu-ray 3D Dayin anticipation of Black Friday (November 26 this year).